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Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) get involved in some bizarre doings in tasty Canadian treat

GINGER SNAPS (John Fawcett, 2000)
Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave. between Berry St. & Wythe Ave.
Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, 12:15 am

Ginger Snaps is one sick flick. Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) are inseparable sisters who are morbid, creepy, weird, and suicidal — their story is part Heathers, part Welcome to the Dollhouse, part Daria, part Harold & Maude, and part An American Werewolf in London. Even though they are both over fifteen, the girls have not menstruated yet, an event their mother (Mimi Rogers) is waiting for with nearly uncontrollable excitement. (The scene in which Rogers closely examines a pair of bloody panties in the laundry is bizarrely funny.) For enjoyment — and school projects —the sisters like to take pictures of each other in elaborately realistic suicidal poses. Meanwhile, the Beast of Bailey Downs (a sly reference to It’s a Wonderful Life) has been eviscerating and eating neighborhood dogs, but then it goes after Ginger, and Ginger soon starts to change . . . leading to sex and drugs and lots of blood and violence. In Canadian director John Fawcett’s awesome, original, extremely well made and scored low-budget indie horror film, it’s far from a wonderful life. Ginger Snaps, which was followed by two sequels, is being shown at 12:15 am on March 11 & 12 in the Nitehawk Cinema series “Nitehawk Midnite Screenings” and “March Midnite & Brunch: Bark at the Moon,” which continues with such other animalistic tales as Teen Wolf, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, and The Wolf Man.

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